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Lawsuits And Dissension In Zambia’s Presidential Elections

By Andrew Friedman, 06:34am AFKI Original

A President dies in office, leaving the country momentarily without a chief executive. Under ordinary circumstances, this would set off a predictable succession that is most often spelled out in the country’s constitution. Often, the second in command, a Vice or Deputy President, takes the reins of the mourning country. However, such a tragedy can also lead to fights over succession, with a number of individuals vying for the top job. In an ambiguous situation it is often left to the courts to interpret succession. Such a succession fight has been on full display over the last few weeks in Zambia.

Mali: Civil Society Sanction Query Against Corrupt Officials By Soumaila Diarra, 07:12am AFKI Original

Activists- including international lobbying group Avaaz -started campaigning in order to push the Malian government taking sanctions against high official figures reportedly involved in bribery and dubious transactions. The suspected personalities, who were not mentioned in two audit reports, are supposed to have taken illegal interests in public expenditures.

Freedom Of Speech Raises Tough Questions Across Africa By Andrew Friedman, 04:29am AFKI Original

Across the continent from Libya, South Africa is currently in the midst of its own battle, attempting to find a working limitation that allows for both freedom and democracy and excludes hate and incitement from the public discourse. Even countries with robust legal histories and tremendous protections continue to struggle with where to put these lines.

5 Winners And 5 Losers From AFCON Qualifiers By Maher Mezahi, 06:36am AFKI Original

Yet another Africa Cup of Nations Qualification campaign has passed us by. As always, we have been spoiled with the gripping entertainment having witnessed spectacular goals, erratic goalkeeping, and gallant defending. AFKSports has compiled a retrospective slideshow presenting you the biggest winners and losers from the totality of the six match days.

What’s Going On With The 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations? By Keren Mikva, 09:26am AFKI Original

There has been much speculation and controversy over the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Equatorial Guinea hired 50 Cuban doctors to address Ebola concerns during the tournament. Preparing to deal with Ebola fears, the Equatorial Guinea government bought special ambulances, ambulatory hospitals, and thermographic cameras designed to screen visitors for the virus. Here’s what’s going on with the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and what fans can expect from the continent’s biggest football tournament.

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    12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Plague In Madagascar By Keren Mikva, 11:06am AFKI Original

    As the plague is carried by the fleas on rats, health experts have warned that inmates living in Madagascar’s notoriously rat-infested jails are at serious risk of contracting the disease. An extermination campaign to rid prisons of rats and fleas has been underway, with the hope of preventing future outbreaks. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the plague in Madagascar, and how the country is dealing with it.

  • Culture

    12 Gorgeous Mosques In Africa By Julia Austin, 09:48am AFKI Original

    Africa is home to more than 422 million followers of Islam, and some of the most beautiful mosques in the world. The architectural styles are as varied as the continent’s diverse cultures and history. The Ladysmith Sufi Mosque sits on the banks of the Klip River in KwaZulu-Natal. It is said to have been built between 1895 and 1910. In the 1960s, it underwent massive renovations and was expanded. Here are 12 gorgeous mosques of Africa.

  • Markets

    Ethiopia To Issue Debut Dollar Bond Estimated At $1B In December

    moodys-africa-international-debt-issuers-oct-2012 By Kevin Mwanza, 09:14am

    It’s been a great year for African government issuing debt on the international market and now Ethiopia is planning to sell its debut dollar bond worth about $1 billion before the yearend to fund its electricity, railway and sugar-industry projects. The Horn of Africa nation is joining issuers, including Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Ivory Coast, who sold what Standard Bank says is a record $15 billion of Eurobonds this year.

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    Former Chelsea Manager Grant To Coach Ghana By Kevin Mwanza, 08:11am

    Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant will officially sign a contract to become the new Ghana coach, the country’s football federation (GFA) said on Wednesday. According to the GFA, “governmental agreement” was needed before the deal could be finalized to let the Israeli succeed the sacked Kwesi Appiah. Grant took over from Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager when the Portuguese was sacked in September 2007.

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    New Factories To Help Tanzania Double Its Cement Production

    Bags-of-cement-360x270 By Kevin Mwanza, 06:05am

    Tanzania expects to double its cement production in the next few years as new factories come on-stream to satisfy growing demand from the construction sector, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Cement consumption is viewed as a barometer for construction activity, which is one of the main drivers of economic growth in the country. Annual cement production in east Africa’s second-largest economy will rise to 6 million tonnes in a few years’ time as seven new factories start operations,

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    Nigeria Devalues Currency To Shore Up Falling FX Reserves

    naira-notes-make-money-in-nigeria By Kevin Mwanza, 05:48am

    Nigeria devalued its currency on Tuesday, seeking to stabilise the naira after it hit historic lows against the US dollar, as falling world oil prices hurt the country’s foreign reserves. The naira’s street value had already fallen before the surprise moves announced by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele. It had been trading at nearly 180 naira to the dollar, despite the official band of 150-160 naira, and the Central Bank had vowed to continue defending the currency against market pressures.

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    Malls Rise As South African Townships Boom

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    Township economies can become an important driver of near-term growth, according to the World Bank’s Economics of South African Townships Study. The country has about 2,200 townships on the outskirts of almost every city and town, a legacy of apartheid rule that designated separate residential areas for black people far from manicured suburbs inhabited by whites.

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    How To Experience Durban Like A Local By Karen Elowitt, 03:28am

    The tropical, laid-back coastal city of Durban in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province has a lot to offer visitors, from miles of golden sandy beaches and the beautiful year-round warm weather, to a mixture of colonial and art deco architecture and cultural diversity. The same group of attractions — namely uShaka Marine World, the Golden Mile (a mile-long stretch of beachfront) and Moses Mabhida Stadium — make it to the top of most tourists’ itineraries, so if you want to beat the crowds and get a taste of what locals do for fun, here’s what you should do instead.

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